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What is JROTC?
WE ARE NOT A MILITARY RECRUITING PROGRAM!!
The Missouri 81st Air Force Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (AFJROTC) is a high school class that teaches valuable life skills and lessons while preparing students for life after high school. Cadets go on many optional field trips, (including a few overnight trips) to expand their learning environment. AFJROTC also provides cadets with many optional clubs and teams. For example Academic Challenge Team, CyberPatriot Team, Drill Teams, Color Guard Teams, Awareness Presentation Team, Kitty Hawk, Marksmanship Team, Paintball Team, Dodge Ball Team. and a few others. Two days a week cadets learn about aerospace science. This includes learning about space, planes, aerodynamics, and we also spend a lot of time talking about current events and controversial topics. Another two days a week cadets learn different life skills. This includes topics like study skills, conducting and being in job interviews, time management, leadership skills, suicide prevention & awareness, resume writing, and many more. Finally, every Friday is "Fitness Friday". Cadets spend the class period either playing athletic games like volleyball, dodge ball, and kickball or playing academic games and learning about a certain subjects like alcohol & drug abuse.
To lean more about our class curriculum Click Here. To learn about the different field trips we take Click Here. The Missouri 81st is made up of about 55 students, and 1 instructor. Both in and out of the class, cadets and instructors are a family. Cadets spend time together both inside and outside the classroom. We welcome new cadets to the family atmosphere every year and no cadets are left out of our family atmosphere.
The following information is from AFJROTC.com
“Develop citizens of character dedicated to serving their nation and community.”
Instill in students the value of citizenship, service to the United States, personal responsibility, character, and a sense of accomplishment. To make the greatest positive impact in the lives of our cadets as possible. This is perfectly encapsulated in our motto: “Building Better Citizens for America.”
Our Vision Statement
Air Force Junior ROTC (AFJROTC) will provide a quality citizenship, character, and leadership development program, while fostering enduring partnerships and relationships with high schools, educational institutions, and communities that help meet our citizen development mission.
Air Force Mission and Core Values
The mission of the United States Air Force is to fly, fight and win—in air, space and cyberspace. Integrity first, Service before self, and Excellence in all we do.
The mission of AFJROTC is to "Develop citizens of character dedicated to serving their nation and community." AFJROTC is not an USAF accessions program and cadets are never under any obligation to join the military. AFJROTC is a Title 10 US Code mandated citizenship training program that is designed to educate and train high school cadets in citizenship, promote community service, instill personal responsibility, character, and self-discipline. The program achieves this through classroom education in air and space fundamentals and hands on learning opportunities in a number of fun and challenging extra-curricular activities. The AFJROTC program is grounded in the Air Force core values of “integrity first, service before self, and excellence in all we do.” The program has 878 AFJROTC units with an additional 14 National Defense Cadet Corps units for a total of 892 units in high schools around the world. There are more than 121,000 high school cadets in the program and over 1,950 retired USAF instructors who lead, mentor, guide, and teach our cadets in high schools in the US and around the world. AFJROTC enjoys overwhelming school administration and community support because of the amazing positive impact on cadets, schools, communities, and our nation. In many communities that have no military bases within many miles, the cadets and instructors of AFJROTC are truly “The face of the US Air Force in communities all over the US and the world.”